Lowcountry Red Rice With Ham

Southern Red Rice With Ham
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 80 mins
Total: 95 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
156 Calories
2g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 5g
Calcium 20mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This version of Southern red rice is baked with some bacon and minced ham. The dish is similar to a jambalaya. Green onions are added along with chopped onions for extra flavor and color, and diced tomatoes provide the moisture.

Add a bit of broth or water as the rice bakes if needed.


  • 4 strips lean bacon
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 4 green onions (minced, with green tops)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • 1 cup long-grain rice (uncooked)
  • 1 cup ham (minced, cooked)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Hot sauce (to taste)
  • Stock or water (as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  

  3. Butter a 1 1/2-quart casserole.

  4. Place a heavy skillet over medium heat; add the bacon strips and cook them until crisp. Remove the bacon strips and drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside.

  5. Cook the onion and green onions in the remaining bacon drippings until the onion is tender and translucent.

  6. Return the crumbled bacon to the skillet along with the tomatoes, rice, ham. 

  7. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Taste and add kosher salt, pepper, and hot sauce, to taste.

  8. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole. Taste and adjust seasonings.

  9. Cover tightly and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 to 50 minutes, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes. Add some stock or water if the rice mixture becomes too dry.

  10. Serve and enjoy!

What Is the Lowcountry?

The "Lowcountry" is a region located along the coast of South Carolina, and it includes the Sea Islands. The region is rich in culture and history. South Carolina was a leading producer of rice for nearly two centuries, from the late 1600s to the mid-1880s. The end of the Civil War and enslavement of African people was part of the reason for the decline in rice as a major crop, along with International competition, weather, and land restraints.